Monday, January 8, 2018

China: Regions with Rich Geothermal Resources to Replace Coal Heating "as Soon as Possible"

China to boost shallow geothermal power heating to curb coal use in winter (EnergyWorld)

China will boost shallow geothermal energy heating in smog-prone Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and nearby regions, the state planner said in a statement on Monday, in a bid to curb coal use during winter as part of Beijing's fight against air pollution

Geothermal energy contained in terrain and waters less than 200 metres underground, with temperatures below 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), is encouraged to power heating systems in buildings

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) asked regions with rich geothermal resources to replace coal heating "as soon as possible"

Some budgetary fund from central financial authorities will be allocated to support construction of geothermal projects

The NDRC has also asked local authorities to open the urban heating market and encourage private capital to invest in geothermal projects.

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